Monday, May 14, 2012

Things I Love: The Twenties

Today begins my official 20's countdown. In one month on June 14th, 2012 I will enter my 4th decade & my 30th year on this lovely little planet we call home.
My twenties were QUITE the decade for me & I "crossed" a lot of things off my "List".
I graduated college, got my teachers credential, and completed my masters & wrote a Thesis (on using Positive Management tool; in fact).
I had a serious boyfriend.
I got engaged.
Got married at 24 (August 11th 2006) & at 29 (on February 14th, 2012)  I got divorced.
I traveled the world.
I perfected my cooking, gardening, flower arrangeing and well re-did a house.
I got my Martha Stewart on; you might say.
At 23 I bought a house, I invested money and after 29 & 1/2 years of living in the BAY AREA I picked up my life and moved to Hollywood and moved into my first apartment.
I was a nanny.
I was a teacher.
I was a fashion editor.
I was a blogger.
and i was an artist.
And now I am brand developing,
or a Brand AMBassador as Val Kahl refers to me as.
I even faced near death when I struggled and fought off a terrible bout of pneumonia.
So now today I have 30 days left until I'm THIRTY and well, I like to think I will OFFICIALLY be a GAW (Grown Ass Women), if I'm not one already.
I'll be living these last 30 days in my Twenties UP like CRAY.
I've NEVER been SO excited for a birthday in my life.
Turning 30 feels like the best I have ever given. I have never felt so happy, motivated, energized and well YOUNG.
And let's be honest... I haven't been single on my birthday since I was 20
so umm... HEY BOYS ;)
This birthday girl already knows what she gonna be wishing for when those 30 candles get blown out.
So here goes nothing!!
Watch me on twitter, Facebook and INSTAGRAM to see how I'll be blowing this place up in the next THIRTY days.
Not much has changed since I was twenty really... I mean I was always the party animal looking to get into FUN!
I think Twenty Year old Amber would be PRETTY jealous (& PROUD of) of Twenty nine year old amber soon to-be Thirty Year old AMBER!!!
and a VERY MERRY unbirthday to YOU!!!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Things I Love: HIKE TIME

So far I am LOVing life here in LA & 6 weeks (starting week 6 today) in I FINALLY feel like I live here. I am almost settled in my place (still on the futon pad on the ground though) and have started to feel like a regular person who grocery shops, does chores and well gets to enjoy her new life.
But besides Dancing in Heels & footing my way around town I haven't really worked out or gotten to bike ride or hike, so I was beyond thrilled when my new friend Val Kahl  invited me to hike Bronson Canyon.
Not only because I wanted to get a hike with nature in, but because we were hiking to the Hollywood sign!! I LOVE stuff like that and umm, I seem to get into stuff like that daily down here -- it's a pot of opportunities and I'm SEIZING them.
Our hike was full of laughs, stories, picture taking (we both LOVE camera's) and amazing views of my new city!! PLus I'm always down to get my heart and thighs pumping.
I LOVE it HERE & couldn't be more excited to live in not only my dream city BUT the city of DREAMS.
i am!
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probably the biggest personality I have ever met, Val is AMAZING!
The fence climber in me had to resist climbing over.
Val is a world traveler hiker. Love her!
expect many more adventures with Val & I. These two ditzy blondes (or are we?) are gonna conquer more then just the Bronson trail. As a matter a fact tonight we're gonna conquer Beachers.
I hope y'all have a fabulous Saturday - go out in Nature, call a friend or enjoy the sun!!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Style Icon: Fight For Your Right

Long before my white rapper crushes on Eminem, Dirt Nasty & Riff Raff Sodmg I had major crushes on the Beastie Boys. As a nerdy (as some might have said) little 6th grader Amber Lane knew what was up and I knew the Beastie Boys were more then just Fighting for my Right to Party. They were fighting to change the world actually, and you know I like that.
I was hooked on the Beastie Boys as soon as I discovered who they were. I had their posters on my walls next to Barbie collection. I've always been a true Gemini & professional Dichotomist -- I never put myself in one box or label myself, just the the Beastie Boys. I even remember asking my mom to help make me a Beastie Boys tshirt with my favorite lyrics on it (although I probably never wore it to school because back in middle school people didn't get I could be smart AND cool).
My Beastie Boy obsession taught me a lot about pop culture (their references are second to none), rappin & rhyming (or rhyming & stealin), and being funky (and being a punk...)!
And let's be honest, when I could spit every single lyric on every Beastie Boys album I quite impressed the boys (I'm crafty). If you were rollin with me in my blue Honda Civic in High School there was a good chance I'd be bumping some BBoys (I mean if I wasn't spit tin my own WEAK rhymes).
You'll be missed Adam Yauch, but your rhymes & impact on Music & it's culture will be remembered forever.
Innovators never really die.
Thank you for your influence on my style, music choices, and the knowledge your lyrics taught me!!
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If you're not already a Beastie Boy fan go do you yourself a favor and Spotify their Paul Boutique album. Genius at it's best, plus it's cheaper then a hot dog with no mustard!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Things I Love: Parties & Party Dresses

If you didn't already know, I love me a good party and an amazing party dress, OBVI! And now that I am newly single (and Husband #1 has already moved on to  Wife #2) I can't help but daydream about my next DREAM party, and well, fantasy party dress.
AKA my wedding & wedding dress.
By all means I hope my next marriage lasts and that it IS my ultimate relationship (JayZ Beyonce, VB & David Beckham power couple type of thang) but I am realistic and will never let myself feel trapped in something or a life I don't feel works for me.
It's never to late to make a CHANGE.
Living in Hollywood has me Starstruck & I've found myself obsessed with it's history. So naturally I've been researching my favorite divorcees & serial brides as well as their weddings & marriages. Here are some of their wedding photos that i adore.
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some of ladies are just lovers -- we like to spread it around ;)
happy Thursday everyone!!
 go out and tell someone you love them; because I LOVE Y'ALL!!